First-ever IMPACT Waxahachie Town Hall addresses Opioid/Heroin crisis


WAXAHACHIE – Waxahachie and Ellis County joined more than 60 concerned citizens at the Ellis County Opioid & Heroin Town Hall held on Tuesday, June 12, at the Waxahachie Civic Center to discuss strategies for preventing the national epidemic from taking hold in Ellis County. 

Baylor, Scott and White CEO, Chris York told the group the Waxahachie hospital has implemented a multi-modal approach to treating pain, including using fewer narcotics, tracking monthly prescriptions and educating the medical staff about preventing addiction.

York emphasized behavioral health/addiction treatment is currently the greatest healthcare need in Ellis County.

The hospital is exploring opportunities to partner with a behavioral health provider to provide treatment.

Other speakers, panelists and community leaders included Mayor Kevin Strength; Police Chief Wade Goolsby; Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge, Tommy Hale, DEA, Alan Rogers, Recovery Pastor at The Avenue Church and Janis Burdett, Ellis County representative on the board of the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority.

NTBHA is a federally funded entity helping people access treatment in a six-county region in North Texas.

“It was great to see our mission come to life during the Town Hall,” said Becky Vance, CEO, Drug Prevention Resources, which oversees IMPACT Waxahachie. “We believe that by collaborating with all sectors of the community, and through innovation, education and advocacy, we can create a drug-free generation. After all, addiction is 100 percent preventable.”

DPR is Texas’ oldest non-profit agency focused on preventing substance use disorders among children and teens.

The organization operates seven IMPACT Coalitions.

IMPACT Waxahachie is a group of community volunteers who work together to provide public education, and public policy strategies to prevent youth substance use disorder and build healthy, drug-free communities.

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